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Environmental Studies B.A.

Students in the Environmental Studies major must successfully complete 42 to 48 credits in approved courses.

     1. Foundation courses: ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective and ES 105 - Field Studies in Environmental Science;

     2. Three courses from the Social and Cultural Core classes: EC 104(E), EN 229 - Special Studies: Texts in Context (when the topic is Literature and the Environment), ES 221, ES 224, PL 231/GO 231HI 266, SO 223;

     3a. Two courses, at least three credits each, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society and the Environment; and

     3b. An additional 3 credits in ES Cluster A; at least 6 credits of Cluster A must be at the 300 level. Up to 3 credits in total of ES 271ES 371ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.

     4. Two courses from ES Cluster B1: Exploring the Natural World (at least one course with a lab);

     5. One methods course: EC 237ID 210MS 104SO 226 or SO 227; and

     6. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.

Writing in the Major Requirement: Environmental Studies requires writing that synthesizes information from a variety of sources, clearly articulates both science- and value-based arguments, and conveys complicated ideas. Students must learn to write independent pieces and to write effectively in a collaborative setting. In introductory courses for the major, students advance their writing skills through analytical case studies and scientific papers and reports; this focus continues in 200-level courses. The capstone challenges students to describe their complex research findings in narrative and graphical forms and discuss the relevance of their finding in a manner accessible to community groups. Environmental Studies majors fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete the requirements for the Environmental Studies major, learning to write in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences, including the general public.

(See Environmental Studies and Sciences for a listing of cluster courses.)